Awesome gifts for Windows geeks

My 2011 list of what a Redmond technophile wants, not just for the holidays but at any time of the year

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Video game: I hadn't bought a game in years. Back then, my favorites were Descent, Starfleet Academy, and Lord of the Realm II, so you can see I'm 10 years out of date. However, a new game called Star Wars: The Old Republic has me ready to jump back into gaming. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) -- if you don't know what that is, you need to read my book! -- allows you to join others from around the globe as a Jedi, a Sith, or another classic role from the "Star Wars" universe.

Geek clothing and toys: You can go to ThinkGeek.com and spend hours looking at all the cool and fun stuff available there. Where else can you buy a "Star Trek" Enterprise pizza cutter? Or those lightsabers I mentioned at the beginning of this post? And there is no better source for geek T-shirts. As I write this, I'm wearing one called "Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock." (If you don't know what that means see my next recommendation on DVDs.) I'm getting ready to buy the T-shirt "There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don't." Bazinga!

Geek DVDs: There are all sorts of movies that you can buy for your geek: "WarGames" (but not "WarGames 2: The Dead Code"), "Sneakers," "Pirates of Silicon Valley." But you can also get them entire seasons of shows on DVD. The "Battlestar Galactica" (the new ones) complete series is a good choice. On the comedic side, you might try the complete seasons of the "Big Bang Theory."

Gaming system: The Xbox 360. I was a fan of the Xbox 360 last year, and I'm still a fan this year. The biggest reason is the optional Kinect Sensor, which lets you play without a joystick. There are even more games available this year.

Computer training: ClipTraining and TrainSignal are still my favorite choices for obvious reasons: I'm the co-founder of ClipTraining, and I work with TrainSignal to create Exchange and SharePoint training. If you're looking for task-based training and support for Windows or Office apps via the Internet under a monthly or annual subscription, I recommend ClipTraining. You can get samples from the ClipTraining Windows 7 training guide and an Office 2010 training guide that InfoWorld has provided for free. If you seek solid IT training, look no further than TrainSignal. It has DVD and online versions of intense IT video training for certification subjects such as Comptia's A+, Network+, Project+, and Linux+; the best VMware training on the planet, put together by my buddy David Davis; Microsoft certification topics such as Window Server 2008 with Ed Liberman; and much more.

What else can I recommend? Geeks really aren't hard to shop for. If it has lights or glows in fluorescent colors, has a USB connector of some sort, is from the future or the past (the past of another galaxy far, far away, anyhow), or involves superpowers of any kind (and that includes Comic-Con tickets), you should be good to go!

This article, "Awesome gifts for Windows geeks," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of J. Peter Bruzzese's Enterprise Windows blog and follow the latest developments in Windows at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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